How much should a multi-core, dual rear-camera, Full HD+, drop-hardened, water-resistant, 32GB dual-SIM, microSD-capable Android smartphone with an integrated fingerprint sensor really cost?

$800? $600? $400? Try $200.

It sounds ridiculous but it’s true.

Over the holiday week, I have been playing with Huawei’s Honor 7X. The Chinese giant just started selling it in the North American market over the last few weeks and will be introducing it in other regions, such as South America, in a big way in 2018.


Image: Huawei

It features Huawei’s homegrown multi-core HiSilicon 659 SoC, a Full HD+ edge to edge display and twin rear cameras. It has a 3340mAh battery that will last all day.

It looks and feels a lot like a super-premium device — because it is built like one.

It is a tough, attractive little phone that you should not be afraid to gift to even the most careless screen-smashing Gen-Y teenager in your household, and they shouldn’t be ashamed to sport it in front of their judgmental friends with much more expensive devices either.

You can drop it onto concrete from six feet all day long and the worst you’ll likely damage it if you aren’t using a cheap, thin rubber skin type-case to cover it is scuff the paint.

I’m not kidding. I’ve flung this thing across a ballroom floor and thrown it repeatedly onto the Italian tiles in my house and patio pavers without damaging it.

The phone also has an IP67 rating for water and dust…

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